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California Student Aid Commission Student Member

Every three years, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges calls for nominations for one of the two student seats on the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The Commission is responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. It serves as a resource for policymakers and the public on college affordability and financing issues, and advocates for policy changes to eliminate cost as a barrier to any qualified California student pursuing a higher education

Two students serve on CSAC, serving staggered two-year terms. The governor makes these student appointments from a list of recommendations put forward by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Student organizations from CSU, UC, and the independents also forward names to the governor for consideration.  

Any student enrolled in a California community college with a minimum of five-semester units, or its equivalent, and enrolled in a community college at least one semester before his or her appointment may apply for the student position on the California Student Aid Commission. More information about minimum and desired qualifications can be found in the nomination policy linked below.  

Candidates for nomination must submit an online application and current resumé.  A letter of support from the candidate’s local student body association is desirable.  

Nominees will be interviewed by an SSCCC Ad hoc committee in April with final selection by the SSCCC Board of Directors in May.  All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the nomination process.  More details about the timeline are listed in the nomination policy below. Thank you for your assistance in identifying worthy and qualified candidates. 


The application process for the student member to the California Student Aid Commission for the 2021 - 2023 term is now open. The following timeline is as follows:  

  • Application Opens - February 8, 2021
  • Applications Due - March 29, 2021
  • Applicants notified of qualifications and date and time of interview if applicable 
  • Applicants approved by the SSCCC Board of Directors
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